The owner of a business synonymous with Boston Public Gardens has died.
Paul Paget, the owner of Boston’s Swan Boats, died on Monday at 99 years old, according to his family.
The Brighton native graduated from Boston Latin School in 1941 and finished a degree at Boston College after initially having to put off higher when he entered the U.S. Navy during World War II, his family said.
After graduating from BC’s Graduate School of Social Work in 1949, he took over the Swan Boats with his father Paul in the 1950s.
Paget’s grandparents, Robert and Julia, started the business, which ferries riders around the lagoons of the Boston Public Gardens in boats distinctly shaped like the namesake long-necked bird, in 1877. The business is still in the family and is now in its 145th season.
“Following the model of his generous ancestors, Paul donated thousands of free rides on the swan boats to various organizations serving disadvantaged communities throughout Boston and beyond,” his obituary read. “He never wanted to see a person denied the enjoyment of the peaceful ride along the Public lagoon and insisted that people without the means would ride for free.”
Paget leaves behind his wife Marilyn Paget of Lynn and their five children.
A wake is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at William J Gormley Funeral Home in West Roxbury. His funeral mass will be held the following day at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale.